Please do not feed the baby for 90 minutes before the bris. I want him to be hungry. You may feed him immediately afterwards. – This means that if the bris starts at 12pm, stop feeding the baby at 10:30am.
Please dress the baby in either a 2-piece outfit or a loose gown. I would prefer you do NOT have an outfit with snaps or zippers.
– A sturdy, waist-high table (tablecloth optional) where the actual circumcision will take place. The table should be large enough to support the baby and my instruments. A minimum of 4 feet by 3 feet is required, and it must be square or rectangular (not round). And it must be at least 30 inches high. – This is standard desk or kitchen table height.
– One standard sized sleeping pillow with a plain pillowcase.
– Two chairs (one for the Sandak and one for Elijah the prophet).
– Kosher grape wine (sweet) for Kiddush. Kedem or Maneschevitz are good choices. It must be sweet (not dry) and either grape or blackberry.
– Grape juice for baby. Kedem is a good brand. Welch’s is fine too. Please make sure the grape juice is NOT sparkling or diet. If you are worried about staining the baby’s outfit, buy a white colored grape juice.
– A kiddush cup, and plastic cups for the guests if you want them to participate in the Kiddush.
– A minimum of 10 disposable diapers and a large stack of wipes.
– 4 cloth diapers – the type you place over your shoulder when burping the baby.
– Two large tubes of Vaseline petroleum jelly. -Most parents find Vaseline preferable to Vitamin A and D ointment because it spreads easier on the gauze pads.
– 50 of the 4-inch x 4-inch size gauze pads. A good brand is Tru-Absorb or Mirasorb by Johnson and Johnson, although any brand of 4-inch x 4-inch gauze generally works fine such as the Walgreens or Rite Aid store brands. If you buy the CVS brand, you may want to cut them at the hinge as they are thicker.
-One receiving blanket
– Kippot (Yarmulkas) for guests. – I will make a special kippah for the baby!
-Challah and Knife
Craig Singer, MD Dermatologist and Certified Mohel